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ART & BEAUTY MAGAZINE: DRAWINGS BY R. CRUMB. Paul Morris. David Zwirner, New York, 2016. Distributed by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 132 pp. with 115 ills. (6 col.). 27 x 19 cm. ISBN 9781941701348 In English.
Publisher's description: Gathering all three volumes of R. Crumb's acclaimed Art & Beauty Magazine, this publication guides the reader through the 20-year history of Crumb's magazine, from the earliest images in the 1990s to the most recent drawings completed in 2016. Art & Beauty: Number 1, originally published by Kitchen Sink Press in 1996, is at once a satirical take on aesthetics and a continued exploration of Crumb's subversion of sexuality and mainstream values. Drawings of women in positions ranging from lascivious to modest are accompanied by quotations, many of which are from artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Harvey Kurtzman. Mining his own obsessions and fantasies, Crumb reimagines the history of art, challenging social mores and expectations of propriety around the female form. The second volume of Art & Beauty, published in 2003, expanded on the first, adding all-new drawings (also of women) and quotations, likewise taken from the history of art. The images appeal to a purely erotic sensibility, which is undercut by the inclusion of often philosophical prose. The eagerly awaited Art & Beauty: Number 3 is released for the first time as part of Art & Beauty Magazine, published on the occasion of the artist's exhibition at David Zwirner, London.
Artist(s):Crumb, Robert
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 73,75
Worldwide Number: 082732
Hardcover $35.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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